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Harvard College officially recognizes kinky sex club

Posted by Your Town  December 4, 2012 03:15 PM

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Harvard College has officially recognized a “kink and alternative sexualities” club called “Munch,” college officials say.

College spokesman Jeff Neal said Friday that the group has been approved by Committee on Student Life. It appears on the college's student organization website along with dozens of other organizations.

According to The Harvard Crimson, the group has been in existence for more than a year, for informal lunch or dinner meetings. The club has grown from seven to approximately 30 students, and was one of 15 student organizations approved Friday by the Committee on Student Life, the Crimson reported.

In its constitution, Munch says the group is for students who are interested in kinky sexuality. The club plans to host screenings and demos, but any sexual contact at meetings is forbidden and will result in a member being banned from Munch.

“[Munch] exists to promote a positive and accurate understanding of kinky sexuality on campus, as well as to create a space where students may feel accepted in their own sexuality,” the constitution states. “Furthermore, it creates a space where students may discuss problems in their own relationships, up to and including abuse and assault, which they might not feel comfortable discussing in other spaces.”

Neal said in an email statement that the college does not voice support for any of its student clubs.

“The College does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization,” Neal said in the statement. “Rather, it ensures that independent student organizations remain in compliance with all applicable provisions of the Handbook for Students.”

The Munch constitution strongly emphasizes student privacy and sexual assault prevention. Officers of Munch will be required to attend workshops “about abuse and assault in the context of kink,” the constitution states.

As part of its mission, Munch says it will not define “kink” for its members.

“[Munch] recognizes that in the popular imagination, “kink” is synonymous with BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism), but it rejects that notion,” the constitution states. “While respecting the BDSM interests of many of its members, it seeks to provide a space that is open, accepting, and useful for students with any kinky interest, regardless of what it may be.”

Harvard College is not the only school in Boston with a kinky sex club. A similar club, called “Tufts Kink,” exists at Tufts University.

The Tufts Daily, which is the student newspaper for Tufts University, published an article on Nov. 14 about the newly founded group. According to the Daily, the mission of Tufts Kink is to “provide a safe social space for students who identify as kinky or interested in BDSM.”

Harvard College recognizes another sex-related club, “The Harvard College Anscombe Society,” which promotes pre-marital abstinence from sexual activity. According to the society’s constitution, they are also advocates for preserving traditional marriage.

The Crimson produced a short video, in which Harvard students were asked which club they would rather join, Munch or the Anscombe Society. More students said they would rather become members of Munch. Watch the video here:

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